Larry Drake ("L.A. Law") will replace John Goodman in the Old Globe's upcoming production of Brendan Behan's satire, The Hostage, running Sept. 19-Oct. 31 on the San Diego theatre's main stage. With Goodman out because of scheduling conflicts, Drake takes the role of Pat, the owner of a bawdy Irish boarding house that bristles with political intrigue and incorrigible characters in the time of the "Troubles" circa 1958.
Drake is best remembered for his two Emmy Award-winning turn as the retarded man, Benny, on TV's "L.A. Law." His credits at the Old Globe include the Drama-Logue-winning Bertha Bumiller in Greater Tuna, a Gangster in Kiss Me Kate, Earl of Northampton in Richard II and Lenny in Of Mice and Men. He has appeared in multiple films, with leads in "Darkman," "Bean," 'The Karate Kid" and "Dr. Giggles."
Also in the cast are Ellen Crawford (Nurse Lydia Wright on "ER") as Meg and Tom Lacy are Mr. Mulleady.
For more information on The Hostage and the Old Globe, call (619) 239-2255.
-- By Christine Ehren